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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
A hot list of buzzing execs and entrepreneurs (8/17a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
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I.B. BAD: RISE OF THE
NEXT-GEN BALLERS
A hot list of buzzing execs and entrepreneurs (8/17a)
TOP 20: KESHA
AND CARRY
Just how big is Rainbow's pot of gold? (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
RATING THE BRITS
Ferdy on fire. (8/17a)
GREER HEADING TO DEF JAM AS EVP MARKETING & COMMERCE
The times (and labels) they are a changin'... (8/17a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
What we're eating. How long it took to arrive. How cranky we got.
A MASSIVE MIXTAPE?
Two giants of the form are rumored to be collaborating.
THE RETURN OF ROCK
Turns out it was just napping.
RUMOR MILL
ibb1224-animated
8/17/17

In the second installment of a two-part column, HITS' industry insider spotlights eight highly regarded individuals who possess the chops to become future music-industry moguls.


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Ferdy
8/17/17

Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is enjoying a prime debut year as head of Sony label Columbia in the U.K. with four #1 albums, half of which were debuts, and two #1 singles under his belt so far. Which got us thinking, how does that compare with the label’s track record? And how are the new leaders of the Universal label he left behind, Polydor, faring?


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friends
8/17/17

Justin Bieber and BloodPop’s “Friends” (GENPOP Corp./RBMG/Schoolboy/Def Jam/Republic) was released at noon ET today; it's currently Top 5 at iTunes.


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kesha-hed
8/17/17

We won't have a race for #1 this week—Kesha will easily win both charts. Moneybagg Yo will be the only other debut this week to make the top 20.


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witness-tour
8/17/17

The start of Katy Perry’s tour has been pushed back 12 days and will now start 9/19 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. And she has picked her opening acts…


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shaniaNow
8/17/17

Shania Twain will hit the road next year in support of her new album, NOW (Mercury Nashville) starting 5/3 in Tacoma, Wash. It will be her first tour since 2015.


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SCOTT GREER
8/17/17

Scott Greer is moving to Def Jam as EVP of Marketing & Commerce.


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racism stops
8/17/17

I am not black. So there is truly no way I can ever fully absorb what it is like in the parallel world—and there absolutely is one in America now, sadly, increasingly more than ever—for people of color.


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schnur and mayor barry
8/17/17

During an orchestral score session for Madden 18 Longshot at Nashville's Ocean Way Studios, EA's Steve Schnur explains to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry that the entire brass section will soon be controllable via joystick...


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musicares
8/17/17

Mick Management founder and CEO Michael McDonald is the new Chair of The MusiCares Foundation, part of newly elected leadership at the Recording Academy-affiliated charity.


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output WY5vO8
8/17/17

Head over to Pub Crawling for a roundup of news from the publishing world, such as: Warner/Chappell's Press and Vinten celebrate their writers' role in #1s at multiple formats, SONGS signs hitmaker Hudson Mohawke, Sony/ATV inks influential Chicago wrapper Joey Purp, UMPG U.K. lands Londoner Tom Misch and...


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royal blood show crop
8/17/17

At Royal Blood's packed 8/16 Wiltern show, Warner Bros. promo royals Rob Goldklang and Heather Luke join Westwood One and SiriusXM rock macher Matt Pinfield, Spotify Global Head of Rock Allison Hagendorf and HITS geek Simon Glickman for what is undoubtedly the week’s loudest trade photo…


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Webp.net-gifmaker
8/17/17

While you’re in the vicinity, you might want to take a side trip to one of the nearby points of interest. May we suggest the latest offerings in Post Toasted, Music City, Critics’ Choice, Pub Crawling and Blighty Beat?


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ibb1224-pt2-animated
8/16/17

In the first installment of a two-part column, HITS' man behind the scenes presents the music-biz equivalent of the Big Bang Theory: the audacious moves made by a legendary mogul that would send the salaries of top executives into the stratosphere.


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8/16/17

If you thought P!nk's latest single, "What About Us" (RCA), had a political tinge to it, you wouldn't be wrong. That said, her message comes across even clearer in the just-released video, which starts off with a flurry of voices from a protest scene. The cry, "We are going to attack racism," is followed by the words, "The government exists to protect our rights and serve our interests." Damn right.


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v 21 savage
8/16/17

21 Savage splashed into the marketplace with his first full-length project, Issa Album (Slaughter Gang/Epic), which debuted at #2, and whose lead single “Bank Account” is on the verge of exploding.


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Lil-Uzi-press-photo-2-web
8/16/17

Details have been released about the next stop on RapCaviar Live’s six-city tour. Spotify, along with Live Nation Urban announced that show #2 will be at Rebel in Toronto on 9/28.


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goggles
8/16/17

The potential for an immersive experience to electrify fickle consumers has dollar signs dancing in many industry melons. But how big an impact is VR likely to have, and how soon?


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DHXOW1ZUwAAU77m
8/16/17

SYCO/Columbia's Little Mix, whose album Glory Days spent five consecutive weeks atop the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart this winter, have teamed up with Latin boy band CNCO. Considering the success of Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/Justin Bieber's "Despacito"—as well as J. Balvin f/Willy William's "Mi Gente," currently spinning at Top 40 radio—could a smash be in store?


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image001
8/16/17

Paradigm Talent Agency has opened a Canadian office in Toronto, continuing its global expansion, which recently included some noteworthy European ventures. For what it’s worth, we’re also considering heading to Canada, but more for reasons of sanity than success.


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Dua Lipa, "New Rules"
The U.K. star is set to make her biggest Stateside noise yet with this pop jam, which breaks down the regulations for surviving a breakup. The video has garnered 80m+ views, and "Rules" rules at Spotify (it's #21 worldwide and #37 U.S.). Prepare to obey the "Rules" when Peter Gray and team impact radio on 8/22.
RT @Pink: I’ll be ready. Are you ready? #WhatAboutUs video premiere now on @Vevo ✊ https://t.co/g8EmGVofa6
RT @JonesJourno: Rating the Brits: how are the new leaders of Columbia and Polydor getting on? Read all about it @HITSDD https://t.co/HGIUqByYGv
"You must stand up and be counted" @MichelleSFresh on our obligation to confront the surging tide of racism:… https://t.co/RHNvG1uzzy
Breaking: @scottgreer heading to @DefJamRecords https://t.co/aQ6vQ5iKHx https://t.co/MkgwjK1AMq
It's easy to get pop superstars confused. Let us help. A pop quiz for @billboard https://t.co/zds0HKQoWq https://t.co/0utZtt9Slo
Congrats on your new #1, @ShawnMendes! https://t.co/Ua63pLDsm7 @IslandRecords @RepublicRecords #HoldinMeBack… https://t.co/0wN8RnE4t8
Our own @tedvolk celebrates @arcadefire - check it out here https://t.co/HrS8hSmr2b https://t.co/fCGnlokqTT
Who will drop new music ahead of 9/30 deadline for #GRAMMYs? @taylorswift13? @samsmithworld? @Eminem? @U2? @Beck?… https://t.co/WlB6iuG7hd
The jury sided with @taylorswift13. Check out this story about speaking up to harassment within and without the biz: https://t.co/grBooFJ2yP
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